Browns reportedly hire Kevin Stefanski over Josh McDaniels for head coaching job

The position was the only head coaching vacancy left in the NFL.

Josh McDaniels spent seven hours meeting with the Browns on Friday. Jim Davis/Globe staff

Josh McDaniels’s last opportunity for a head coaching position this year has slipped past him.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Browns have hired Vikings offensive coordinator Kevan Stefanski, snubbing New England’s offensive coordinator. The Browns opening was the only head coaching vacancy left in the NFL.

McDaniels, an Ohio native, was the last candidate to interview for the opening. He met with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and team officials for seven hours on Friday.

Stefanski and the Vikings went 11-7 and lost to the 49ers, 27-10, on Saturday in the NFC Divisional round. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll were also considered by the Browns. The Globe’s Ben Volin reported Friday that Stefanski, McDaniels, and Daboll were the three finalists.



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